Welcome to the top 10 best affordable rear-wheel drive cars for this year, all cars on the list are vehicle utilizing the rear-wheel drive system, new, and are priced very reasonably low that relatively everyone can buy them. Do you notice that there are less and less cars with the rear-wheel drive? The companies now prefer the front-wheel drive system due to cheaper cost, but fortunately, there are still some who believes that there is market that prefers the rear-wheel drive vehicle. Probably the best advantage of the rear-wheel drive vehicle is their acceleration ability and sliding, thus it mostly used for cars intended for racing.
Top 10 New Cheap Rear-Wheel Drive Cars
We did mention that rear-wheel drive cars are usually more focused on performance, but there are always some exceptions, and the Smart Fortwo is one of the exceptions. This smart car is one of the cheap rear-wheel drive cars but unlike any other, it got very unique exterior design that is very easy to spot. Its compact boxy body made it a very suitable car for someone who lives in busy city. It is probably one of the easiest vehicles to park.
As you can expect, the Smart Fortwo only has small engine. 1.0L 3 cylinder engine with only 89 horsepower, it got a decent 32 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. But surprisingly, it rides so much better than the older version, giving more pleasant driving experience.
Now, if you already excited about a high performance rear-wheel drive vehicle with affordable price, the Ford Mustang is going to be one of your best car of the year. It got a redesign from the last model; the car now has new roofline. It also got several new systems to increase its performance, the car is big but it runs very well. The bigger size also means one more thing; bigger interior, so this car is also as comfortable as you can imagine.
But let us take a look on what’s under the hood of this Ford Mustang, the standard base model utilize a 3.7L V6 engine with 300 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. There are higher performance trim levels with more powerful engine, but the price won’t be as affordable anymore.
Another high performance cheap rear-wheel drive vehicle, unlike the above product, the Chevrolet Camaro is not going to be as comfortable due to its really tight back seats. But there is a good reason for that, it got more available features to boot; it got even ore optional features that you can get for more money. But the main attraction of this car is its superb performance on the road; it can reach 60 mph in just 6 seconds flat.
It’s very impressive for a car with that kind of price to reach that level of acceleration, and the Chevrolet Camaro got its engine to thanks for that. It uses the 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that has 275 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Do you fancy a roadster to go along with the rear-wheel drive? If you do, then you will love the new Mazda MX-5 Miata. Even with its lower price point, this car is already considered among the best sport cars for the year. A small and light sport car, the new Miata is very agile on the road. It got surprisingly great handling as well. It is lean and classic sport car body is what makes many people fell in love with this car.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has only 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, it got 155 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque, but it can reach 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. This car is not made for pure speed, but it’s more for a more enjoyable driving experience.
Next on the line is the Hyundai Genesis, it might be a little more expensive than any other rear-wheel cars on the list, but there is a reason for it. While the Genesis looks tame, it is not, this vehicle is very durable, you can even call this car the safest car on the list. Not only it is durable, it got a lot of active-safety features to boot as well. The comfortability factor of this car sure is very high, but the performance is not something to be underestimated with.
With higher price, the Hyundai Genesis is sporting more powerful engine, to be precise, it’s a 3.8l V6 engine with 311 horsepower and 293 pound feet of torque. If you more money to spend, the V8 trim level can give better power, but the price is too expensive to be considered as an affordable car.
The Subaru BRZ is like many other high performance rear-wheel cars on the list, but it is also very different. The new BRZ is a performance beast, a literal beast on the road; it sacrificed comfortability and features to get to this level. And this is not a car focused on pure speed as well, it got superb handling and agility, you can even say that this car got the best handling among the new car for the year. You can also go wild with this car, as it got excellent safety rating as well as bunch of high tech safety features.
The Subaru BRZ is equipped with modest engine. Its 200 horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque is coming from a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, thus giving it pretty good fuel efficiency as well; 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
And for those muscle car fans out there, there is one Dodge Challenger that is also utilizing the rear-wheel drive system, giving it superior acceleration among its peers. Nothing can be said about its exterior body, it’s a classic muscle car through and through. It also got surprisingly comfortable ride, nothing out of this world, but no discomfort as well, the car is available with a lot of features too.
Now for the best part, the Dodge Challenger base model is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 268 pound feet of torque, even with that much power, it does not feel clunky.
A well balanced car with rear-wheel drive, the Chrysler 300 is good with everything. It got a nice body, a nice interior and cabin, good handling, good comfortability and features, not to mention that it has above average safety features. Unfortunately, nothing of those is really stood out above other cars, but if you want a car that is good all around, you get this one.
The Chrysler 300 does got great engine even with its base model though, a 3.6L V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque, with that kind of engine, having 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency is superb.
With its stunning looks and great price point, there is no reason not to buy the Nissan 370Z if you are looking for a rear-wheel drive roadster. The styling of this car is one of the best for this year; it got great look and styling, now if only the interior is also as stylish as the exterior. The problem with its interior is that it’s very tight, add some noise in, and it is pretty difficult to get comfortable inside. Not to mention, the safety features are all standard, they probably don’t have enough space to add more.
But the engine of the Nissan 370Z is excellent, a 332 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque 3.7L V6 engine with 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway is hard to top. To add to its performance, it got a 6 speed manual transmission system as well.
The most expensive car on this list, the Chevrolet SS is the only one with more than $40,000 price point. It got superb rating on performance due to its great engine, superb steering and great brakes. The car itself is pretty big, so the inside of the car is spacious enough for everyone to feel comfortable. The car itself looks like a plain looking muscle car, we can all agree that the exterior design of this car is very average with nothing that stands out, but do not underestimate its power. The power of Chevrolet SS is coming from the 6.2L V8 engine, and this engine is the standard for the base model, it got 415 horsepower and 415 pound feet of torque.
Those are the top 10 best affordable rear-wheel drive cars for this year; let’s hope that next year the rear-wheel drive will have enough products to be made into a top 10 list.